Tunnel Through Time, Hello Wood, temporary installation, Toronto, temporary memorial, Canada, wooden structure, Hungary, green architecture, timber structure

The structure was designed to honor victims of the Hungarian revolution, but also recalls the turning point in Canadian immigration policy that shaped the country’s open-minded attitude towards immigrants in general. After the 1956 revolution, Canada welcomed 37,565 Hungarian immigrants, including 200 young engineers from the Faculty of Wood Sciences at the University of Sopron, who made a significant contribution to the famous Canadian wood industry.

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Tunnel Through Time, Hello Wood, temporary installation, Toronto, temporary memorial, Canada, wooden structure, Hungary, green architecture, timber structure

The Consulate General of Hungary in Toronto commissioned Hello Wood to design the installation. The studio sent eight people to Toronto and, with the consulate’s help, locals and Canadian Hungarians built the structure to include an entrance symbolizing events of 1956 and referencing the hole protesters cut in the middle of the Hungarian flag during demonstrations. The exit, on the other hand, symbolizes new hope and takes the shape of Canada’s national symbol, the maple leaf. The installation was planned to stay in Budapest Park for a month before being moved near to a spot near Niagara Falls, where it will remain in the custody of a Canadian Hungarian scout group.

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Photos by Gergely Szinnay